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Heartache at Chepstow

The Year 10 rugby team suffered a cruel defeat in this year’s Newport schools cup, narrowly going down 24-17 at Chepstow.
After a slow start Newport went into half time 17-5 down with only Josh Blanks’ solitary try to show for their efforts. Outside half Blanks showed good game awareness to take a quick tap penalty close to Chepstow’s line and sneak over. The half time score line didn’t really reflect the game as Newport had plenty of possession and territory, squandering several opportunities. The tries that were conceded came as a result of poor first up tackles and miscommunication in defence which allowed Chepstow to score from long range on at least 2 occasions.
After some harsh words at the break Newport responded immediately with Number 8 Jordan Simmons picking from the base of the scrum and evading several defenders to power under the posts from 40 metres. This galvanised the black and yellows and soon they had levelled the scores at 17-17 with Blanks once more taking a quick tap penalty and diving over from close range.
Newport were now in the ascendency and looked to be heading for a famous win. However Chepstow showed good resilience and managed to work a score after several debatable penalties went against the Bettws Lane outfit.
Despite the loss the style of Newport’s play was eye catching with players from 1-15 catching and passing with skill and dexterity. Vaughan Evans linked play brilliantly with Deri Whitehead showing great defensive qualities in the second half. Carlton Powell and Jamie Leigh Jones combined well in the centres and Connor Roberts distributed well from scrum half. In the pack Thomas Wray, Kyron Sotiros and Lyle Stone all put in greatly improved performances. A tough result to take but a really positive performance. Unlucky lads!
Mr Staniforth